10628087_2332914162427_204376548654107433_n Hi, I’m Erika! But you already knew that…you are visiting a website called Essence of Erika after all. You might remember my old home, Shoes, Shirts & Other Sh!t, a fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog that I worked on during the three-plus years I spent living in New York City.

While those were some of the best years of my twenties, I moved away from NYC (at least for now) and back to where I grew up in Western Massachusetts in June 2012 to pursue my career in sports broadcasting and journalism. I tried to manage SSOS from here, but it no longer had the same feel without glamorous events to cover and my heart just wasn’t it in. Just before I moved, I was freelancing for several different sports 10303758_2116777159137_4308288786138891033_nmedia and decided to start my own website The New England Sports Journal, which shut its doors in the summer of 2015 after three and a half great years. While sports are certainly my passion and what I plan to make my career of, I needed another creative outlet where I could post my random musings, recipes, pictures, product reviews, fashion inspiration, DIYs and more!

Here is where you’ll find a little bit of me–the Essence of Erika. Fashion, beauty, food, DIY projects, my inspirations, my dog Izzie and more of what makes me, me. I hope you enjoy it!


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